Re: What was the best team of all time?
posted at 1/26/2013 9:51 AM EST
In response to HelloItsMeAgain1's comment:
In response to Beantowne's comment:
Because they we're the only big market club that spent lavishly on draft picks out bidding almost every team. It was not meant to disparage what they've accomplished, merely to point out why they dominated the game for as long as they did And why they struggled thereafter sustaining that success. I have always stated on numerous occasions that the Yankees not only have the resources, but that they also have one of the best infrastructures in the game to continue to be among the best teams....200 million in payroll doesn't hurt, nor did their ability to outbid teams for top international talents and paying overslot for first year players. Since the advent of free agency, no team could compete with them if the player was open to going to the Yankees. Texiera, signed because the Yankees added a couple of million to the AAV and another year....so too did Burnett. before revenue sharing, the Yankees pretty much had the pick of the litter.
- in the 70's they signed Jackon & Catchfish Hunter both of whom led them to World Series.
- The late nineties teams were bolstered by them acquiring contracts of players that given the pre revenue sharing economics of the game might otherwise have stayed with their original teams.
- in 2009 it was Sabathia, Burnett and Texiera...
So while none of those moves guarantee a championship when you have the resources the Yankees have and competent baseball minds running the organization it's a tough combination...if they implented the same economics that exist in the NFL back in the 1930 where team all shared revenues and team were restricted by a salary cap and a slotting system for the draft. While they would have still been successful. I doubt they would have won as many championships As they did pre-1965
There were other teams that had the money to spend, wonder why they didn't?
Also, with the expanding amount of teams and more recently the addition of more playoff teams has had an impact.
For much of their early success, they just had to have the best record in the AL and they were in the WS. With the current playoff format a team now has to go through 3 rounds to get to the WS, making it much more of a crapshoot.
In fact many of them have and that's why the Yankees have only won once in the past decade. No team has been able to match them dollar for dollar. Which is why they've continued to be among the best, deepest teams in the game. This season the Dodgers will supplant the Yankees as the highest payroll in the game for the first time in more than a decade. A decade where the Yankees outspent the next closet team by more than an average of 50M per season.
I agree that the addition of the playoff system and the subsequent addition of the wildcard has played a role too. Bottom line, make no mistake about it the implementation of Revenue sharing and the recent changes to the first year player draft was all about competitive balance. Time will tell how the changes in the slotting system impact the major markets more important though is the inclusion of the international free agents..a pool that the Yankees were among the best at recognizing and signing to bolster their organizational depth. a resource that allowed them to sign Major League free agents without having to weigh the loss of first year player draft picks. The landscape continues to change in the interest of ensuring the financial health of all of the franchises...Which might well be the single greatest achievement of Bud Selig...